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Choose your career yourself

Based on your interest and aptitude, choose subjects you like to ensure a rewarding career and life reports Samir Parikh

education Updated: Jun 23, 2010 09:22 IST
Samir Parikh
Samir Parikh
Hindustan Times

Do I want to do science or should I choose arts? Or is commerce better suited to my aptitude and the career I want to choose? It is about “I” and not about what others want you to do. You have to make the choice and this choice would influence the course of your future life. So making the right decision is absolutely important and not getting influenced by what others want is required as well.

Your interest matters
You have to live with the decisions you make so it is important that your interest be kept at the heart of the decision. The opinions of others need to be solicited in order to make an informed choice. Keep in mind your interests, abilities, skills, and knowledge bases that would help you go ahead with your studies and pursue a future career with the chosen subjects as the basis.

Go with your aptitude
Your aptitude needs to be an integral part of your decision making. So understanding this aspect is a must.

You can look at what you do well in as an indicator. Better still, you can even can get some guidance from a career expert to know your aptitude better.

Talk to seniors
Talking to seniors who have pursued similar subjects will enhance your knowledge about the subject, the expectations you can have, the kind of knowledge and skill development that can be anticipated and the future implications of this choice.

Involve your parents
Involve your parents in the decision-making process. Talk to them about the way you are processing the information you have, the thoughts you have regarding the subjects available to you, and the factors influencing your decisions. Take their guidance and understand their opinions. Giving them the space to talk about their anxieties, concerns, and apprehensions will help engage them.

Get parents to interact with seniors and experts in the field of choice
To have the best possible outcome and making the right choice means that you get the maximum information possible. This can be procured by talking to seniors and experts in the field.

It’s your life!
Remember it is your life and you have to live by the choices you make. So making the right decision is imperative and in this getting the right support systems will go a long way. Parents form the first step in this ladder that leads to success through the right decision making; so ensure that you have their support!

The author is a psychiatrist, and chief, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Max Healthcare

First Published: Jun 22, 2010 12:33 IST